What are the features of young people’s written and spoken communication? How is youth language situated in the context of multilingualism and language contact? What influence does communication in the new media have on the language use? What are the characteristics of the public discourse about youth language? In the three categories «language use and linguistic skills», «language use and identity», and «youth languages as global and local phenomena» these and other questions are discussed and new research perspectives are revealed. Moreover, the book is not only a documentation of the current state of affairs of German youth language research, but it also gives an insight into international research into the language of young people (in 15 European, American, and African countries altogether).
II Sprachgebrauch und Identität / Language use and identity
II Sprachgebrauch und Identität Language use and identity Kommunikative Stile sozialen Abgrenzens Zu den stilistischen Spezifika sozial-distinktiver Handlungen in der Interaktion Jugendlicher Milog Chovan (Trnava) Abstract The objective of the paper, which is based an the long-term observations of different peer groups, is to study the communicative representation of differences by means of stylistic work in the peer group interaction. Stylistically relevant are the following two questions: Who are the young people different from? And how does this difference manifest itself? The central subject is a comparison of groups: different groups of young people have different subcultural value systems and orientation each time, they live in a different social background, which they have to be confronted with. They develop various interaction strategies to demonstrate social distinction and they invent various styles to process social differences by means of communication. The point of observation is the interactive reflexion of social background of peer groups, language-symbolic behaviour with relation to social background and its relevance for constructing or balancing peer group identity. Different subcultures reflect different social counterworlds and their distinctive communication always shows different stylistic markers, such as different ways of talking about social background/social counterworlds, prosodic and phonetic differentiation, lexical and pragmatic socio-semantic contrasts functioning as a social categorization, several ways of making relations, forms of image-treatment etc., as well as different processes of stylization (metaphorizing, caricaturing, imitating, ironizing, social distancing etc.). Einleitung: Jugendliche Peergroups und Abgrenzungskommunikation Das Sprachverhalten Jugendlicher bildet ein mittlerweile ziemlich verbreitetes und beliebtes Untersuchungsfeld. Gleichwohl...
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